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MLB Roundup 3/3: Nationals showing interest in Craig Kimbrel

And the Angels have a starting point for Mike Trout extension talks

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Nationals interested in Craig Kimbrel

For whatever you think about Craig Kimbrel, it’s been undeniably strange how few rumors there have been around him this winter. Yes, he was reportedly asking for an absurd sum of money to start the winter, but every free agent does that. You start with a high ask in negotiations. It’s possible his agency is just extremely tight-lipped, of course, and that there have been a lot of discussions with a variety of teams and we just haven’t heard them. Still, just from our position on the outside it’s been almost entirely quiet on the Kimbrel front. That changed on Saturday, and he could have a new team sooner than later. The Nationals are interested in the future Hall of Famer, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

We all know where I stand with the Red Sox and Kimbrel. I think they’d be a lot better in the bullpen with him than they are without them, and with this roster they should be doing everything possible to put themselves over the top. I also understand the arguments against it, and mostly want Kimbrel to sign anywhere as soon as possible so the temptation to bring him up will go away. If he does go to Washington — and ESPN’s Keith Law says it could be closer than we think — the Nationals are going to have a hell of a bullpen headed up by Kimbrel and Sean Doolittle. Even without Bryce Harper, Washington will be a strong team and that National League East is going to be a fun division to watch all year long.

Angels have considered big extension offer to Mike Trout

As Red Sox fans, we know what it’s like to have an elite outfielder set to hit free agency in a couple of years. Boston fans are likely more confident in keeping theirs than Angels fans are about keeping Mike Trout, but Los Angeles is going to do everything in their power to get a deal done with him before he gets to the open market. According to that same Rosenthal piece, they are considering an offer of ten years and $350 million to keep him. That seems low to me, and while I understand that offers are under market for players a couple years from free agency, I don’t see Trout signing for less than $400 million. Obviously, I have no idea what Trout values in negotiations, and maybe he really wants to stay in Los Angeles. The public knowledge, however, is that he wants to win. There has been a lot of talk for a couple of years now that Trout will end up with his hometown Phillies when he hits free agency, and that’s not going to get any quieter now that they have Bryce Harper. As for Red Sox fans, they’ll be keeping an eye on a potential Trout extension as it will help show what it would cost to keep Mookie Betts around.